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The Advantages That Youth Sports Can Provide

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As a youth I did not participate in any type of sporting activity. I was on no youth team, I did not ski or skate or play tennis or any other of the dozens of possibilities that might have been available to me. It was not until much later in life that I realized that I had missed out on some incredible opportunities by being uninvolved.

Besides providing an outlet for excess energy and a great workout, playing sports is just plain fun. It offers an opportunity to meet new people with whom you may find many commonalities. It is also a laboratory for learning important skills and even more important qualities of character.

It is a great thing that today there are so many possibilities for a young person to involve themselves in some type of physical activity and it is a very sad thing that so many of them do not take advantage of the opportunity. If you talk to almost any professional athlete today they will tell you how important sports were in their young lives. They will relate how it helped them to overcome weaknesses and to gain the confidence that is so essential to ones well being. Many of our present day athletes who grew up in very disadvantaged circumstances, credit sports with changing their entire lives and providing them with the forums to succeed. For everyone of those athletes who have made it, there are thousands more who need the same chance for a better life.

One does not have to become a professional athlete to reap the rewards that involvement in sports can provide. Most people do not have the skills or the drive that will take them to the pinnacle of success in the sporting world and that is as it should be. Success can be found in hundreds of different areas that are just as important and with the potential to be just as fulfilling. Sports can provide an early training ground to help one to reach those successes in whatever field they might choose.

Nancy Smith is one of the owners of RobbinsSports.com, an online retailer specializing in basketball backboards and punching dummies.